Planning & Policy

Planning and policy are the pillars of positive change.

Whatever your vision is, it needs a plan. Plans can be used to chart hope, define goals, clarify responsibilities, and lay out strategy. Simply put, a plan is a set of guidelines that will inform future decision-making. Without a plan, decisions are made without thought for the bigger picture. Policy is how resources are harnessed to achieve the outcomes that matter.

We believe that planning should be inclusive and empowering, so we’ve developed consultation techniques that actually work. We believe a plan should be accessible and have a long shelf life, so we create plans that are evidence-informed, written in clear language, and focus on positive change. And we believe that smartly-designed policies are crucial to organizational and community success, so we specialize in policy analysis and development that is grounded in best practice. Our work across North America brings us face-to-face with policies that work – and don’t – and we bring this knowledge to every project.

OrgCode Consulting, Inc. has created Plans to End Homelessness and Affordable Housing Strategies for many communities across North America. We have also been engaged by organizations to provide Strategic Planning as they go through transitional periods.

Our Planning & Policy Products

Plan to End Homelessness

Ending homelessness does not mean managing homelessness. Or reducing homelessness. It means developing an integrated system of housing and services that focus on permanent and stable housing outcomes. Creating such a system requires a plan. We will work with your community to identify system improvements that deliver the right intervention, to the person, at the right time. Recognizing that the only known cure for homelessness is housing, our plans emphasize Housing First approaches that create the shortest and straightest line from homelessness to stable housing.


Affordable Housing Strategy

At OrgCode, we can help your community develop a comprehensive, realistic, and effective strategy to ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing, whether over a five- or ten-year time frame.


Our Planning & Policy Projects

London Community Housing Strategy

In January 2010, the City of London initiated the London Community Housing Strategy (LCHS). The intention of the LCHS is to establish an integrated and strategic approach to enhance London’s capacity to ensure all Londoners have a home.  This includes establishing targets and service recommendations related to emergency style housing, institutional accommodations, transitional and supported living options, public and private rental market housing and home ownership.


A Long-Term Affordable Housing and Homelessness Plan for the County of Huron

The OrgCode project team used census data and available social service data, focus groups with people with lived experience of poverty and homelessness, and consultations and interviews with service providers to assess the need for affordable housing and develop a plan to expand the stock of affordable housing and address and prevent homelessness in the County.


Rainy River District 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan

Rainy River District is a large, mostly rural area in Northwestern Ontario. OrgCode developed a 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan that was completed in accordance with provincial legislation. The Plan included an assessment of current future housing needs, an assessment of service gaps, a service matrix, and a performance measurement framework. Development of the plan included three public consultation sessions in three communities, several dozen key informant interviews, and an online survey.